XPen artist display

  • Hi Everyone,
    I am looking to buy another pen tablet for my computer. I have a wacom intuos pro, but would love to get something with a monitor I can draw on. I can't do the Cintique but there are a lot of other monitor brands out there. I did buy a Huion last year but had to return because something didn't work properly so I have been rethinking. I have been looking at the Xpens display but wanted to see if anyone else is using it and it they like? Specs look good, great price, and located in CA not China. Able to contact more easily. Thoughts?

  • Glad I saw this, I would also like to know about Wacom alternatives. I was thinking of a Huion, heard good things, but now I'm second-guessing 🤔

  • I know KGatto was unimpressed with her Huion experience but I recently purchased the Kamvas 22 Plus and it has been an exceptional investment for the price. Setup was a breeze and its pen response and color are great...and it's huge which is awesome! It's only 1080p, no multi touch (just the pen), and there are no quick keys but those are very minor complaints given the price.

  • I have an XPen and I love it!. I have a 15.6 Pro I think it comes with a little nicer screen. I would recommend it. A huge jump from a non-display tablet. I got a good deal, I think it was 100.00 less than the normal cost. Maybe a there's a good Black Friday deal out there somewhere. I bought mine from Amazon. For my first graphic display tablet I couldn't be happier!

  • @KGatto ive got the 15.6 artist pro (red spinny wheel). Far as i can tell the displays great, the only issues i run into are that when ever there is a driver update due, the tamblet starts playing up untill you update it. And then when you update it, you lose all your hotkey configurations, but you can set up the tablet and save all the presets, so you just have to reload it. There is also a bit of parallax when you use the tilt function of the pen, but its not an issue for me in everyday use. Basically, for the money, its good, but its never gonna be as good as a top end display tablet.

  • I have a small 12 inch one. I really like it, just wish I had found a screen protector for it, cause the screen is getting pretty scratched up in the place I draw the most. I also have to make sure to set the pressure sensitivity to soft, otherwise I have to press down way too hard.

  • @TessaW Xpen or Huion?

  • @Gabby-Correia Xp-pen artist 12

  • @KGatto I've got both an XP-Pen 15.6 and a Huion 22. I actually like the Huion a lot more (it has no parallax and it has a much higher range of pressure sensitivity), but it's also 2 years newer so I imagine the newer XP-Pen's probably have similar advancements in those two areas.

    I think the bottom line is that these two companies are leading the pack in alternatives, and with every new release they're leaps and bounds better than the last one. So I kind of think whichever has the most recent update at the size you want, at the price point you want, go with that one.

    The Innovator 16 that just came out looks really, really nice. And it's had really good reviews. I'd take a hard look at that one.

    That being said, you can get a Refurbished Wacom 16 right now for $570, which isn't all that much more than the Innovator.

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    I have the Huion 22inch and love it! Great colors and perfect price!

  • @gavpartridge I have never received an update message. Maybe I didn't register it or something. I get them for my printer.

  • @deborah-Haagenson no, i never get a message, i just notice it doing strange stuff, also when my graphics card needs updating the tablet plays up. I think they program this stuff in to ensure you keep updating. Or it could be a hardware clash, i dunno, it all gets very complicated.

  • Thanks. Appreciate the response. I'm sure not as good as the top end but for the money...worth a try. I have the Wacom and always went with those, but had the worst experience on my last. Just need something new! : )

  • As I decided this year to do perpetual traveling while studying illustration, i had the same issue. I needed something with a display, that could create nice linework, without jitter, and in my case portable. I had a cintiq16+photoshop, but you needed a strong pc to hook it up and it was not portable. For the rest it did work really well and the price point was around 500euros in sale.

    Personally I sold that one and went with an ipad pro for portability, even though i dislike apple products in general (the way they suck you in their ecosystem) but their products do work well and i am loving the drawing experience I have on the ipad+I can draw everywhere. It has quadrupled my drawing time tbh.

    They are very pricey however so i wouldn’t be recommending them. If not that they just announced that their newest ipadair (which has a way lower price point) has all these upgrades making it really suited for illustration as it now supports their apple pencil 2.

    I was bummed out over that announcement having just spend so much on the ipad pro but it should be very interesting to look into if you are comparing drawing tablets.

    I tried out lots of standalone drawing tablets when deciding on what to do and personally i think the ipad is best if you wanted an all in one device, otherwise i’d go with the cintiq 16. I also tried the surface line before going apple, but the jitter on my linework was just horrible.

    Ps: what software you wanna use also plays an important role as going ipad means that you can’t use Photoshop if you are used to that. They have an app, but i haven’t tried it out yet. If you happen to have a MacBook though, you can connect your ipad to your macbook and use it as a display drawing tablet giving you the best of both worlds. Ipad and procreate in the couch, photoshop on macbook with ipad as display at your desk. Or so i believe. I read that that was possible but i don’t have a macbook so I haven’t been able to test it out.

    If your price point is lower than 500 btw, then im sorry for my rambling here as both of these options are 500+

  • I have the XPen and love it. A long time ago I had something that was not drawing on the screen, but I dont remember what brand. Drivers were a bit tricky but tech support was really helpful and I even asked them a question or 4 about photoshop settings (and said its okay if you cant help because you dont know/ or are busy with other things) they totally helped me out. It also came with some extra bonus things like the 2 finger glove. The pens charge with a cable so no batteries to worry about.

  • Hi Everyone,
    I missed so many of these. Thank you so much for all the responses. I did get the XP pro 12 pen. I do love it. I have to get used to going back and forth from monitor to the mouse for other things. I see why you would want to go bigger, but not too small when using it for Illustration. I work on the smaller side. I do some design as well and it get's confusing, so I switch to my mouse when needed but I think I just need to get used to the tablet with the screen. If I had the space I would have gone bigger, but I did get this as a gift for my birthday and Love it! One thing I love more than the Huion, is the matt screen. It feels nice and not slippery. I loved the Huion too, but was so confused at the time I bought it and returned it and bought a samsung galaxy tab6 for more portable use. Amazing and really made me come back to getting one of these for my computer. One thing to know if you are using a Apple, you need to get an adapter and if you listen to Apple you will be spending close to $100 for one. I went to Best Buy and bought an HDMI to mini display port (same as thunderport), it went right into my thunderport and only cost $10. Score! I agree Huion and XP Pen are definite great alternatives at a lower price and worth the savings. XP has matte screen, extra buttons to program (which I didn't use on my Intuos) but love for this. You get a glove which is nice and a stand. Enjoy! So awesome!

  • @KGatto I am just seeing this post and I see that it was put up about 22 days ago. But I wanted to let you know that I have a brand new XPen ( used only once) that I am selling. We are new to homeschooling this year and got the unit for our daughter. She would prefer to use an iPad and Procreate instead. She is young and enjoys the ease of being able to jump in and go rather than learning a different program that she is unfamiliar with.

    I agreee with others that have chimed in that the XPen is pretty awesome. We did a lot of research before the purchase and it would have been great to use ( had she used it🤨.)

    If you are interested in buying it you could message me and we can take it from there.

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